In December ‘23, Cinesister Alison Hargreaves shot her latest project, KEN. A collaboration with producer Cristina Isgrò and DP Tamás Apor Méder, KEN is a subtle comedy drama short about a man struggling to adjust to old age. KEN was successfully shot on location in Bristol, thanks to the hard work and generosity of many talented collaborators, as well as the encouragement and support of another Cinesisters member, Alice Seabright. KEN features Doña Croll, Roger Sloman and Neil Edmond, and the offline edit begins soon!
Cinesister Jo Southwell has directed her first block of Call The Midwife. Produced by BBC and Neal Street Productions, Episode 3 of Season 13 was aired on the 21st of January and is now available on iPlayer.
The world premiere of Cinesisters Virginia Gilbert’s second feature, psychological thriller Reawakening, starring Jared Harris, Juliet Stevenson and Erin Doherty will take place as part of the Dublin International Film Festival, Saturday February 24th, 6.30pm at the Lighthouse Cinema. John and Mary have lived with desolating grief and the agony of uncertainty for the past ten years. Their only child, Clare, disappeared without trace when she was fourteen. When Clare returns, now a young woman of twenty-four, Mary is overjoyed. But John comes to believe that Clare is not who she claims to be. As old tensions resurface, a gripping search for the truth unfolds.
The film is being handled for international sales by Westend Films and is being distributed in the UK and Ireland by Signature Entertainment, with release dates to be announced.
Cinesister Carolyn Saunders and co-writer Shelagh McLeod’s drama series pilot Invisible was optioned by Shaftesbury (Departure, SisterS, Murdoch Mysteries.) Invisible is a dark, atmospheric sci-fi thriller born out of our frustration with gender-based ageism, and featuring a fifty-something female lead who refuses to go quietly. A finalist at the inaugural Writers Lab UK, it is being developed as a six-part event series.
Cinesister Charlotte Mikkelborgs Escape to Shanghai – the story of Holocaust survivor Doris Fogel – will premier at SXSW 2024. Doris was one of 20,000 who escaped Hitler’s Germany for Shanghai in 1939 when the rest of the world had shut its doors. Doris passed away a few weeks ago and will be greatly missed for the feisty powerhouse that she was. But what she wanted more than anything else was for her story to live on, standing as a reminder of the dangers of prejudice. The film is one of a trilogy produced by East City Films. The other two films Walk to Westerbrook and Letters To Drancy were directed by Mary Matheson and East City Films Creative Director Darren Emerson. The films tell the inspirational stories of three women who survived the Holocaust as girls through a combination of luck, the kindness of strangers and sheer determination to survive.
Cinesister Meneka Das’ short film We’ve Only Just begun has been selected for the Winter film awards 12th International film festival, happening on the 23rd of February 2024 in New York. Winter Film Awards is dedicated to showcasing the amazing diversity of voices in indie film and the 2024 lineup is 58% made by women and half by or about people of colour. Filmmakers come from 23 countries. Winter Film Awards is an all-volunteer, minority and women-owned non-profit organisation founded in 2011 whose mission is to promote diversity, bridge the opportunity divide and provide a platform for under-represented artists and a variety of genres, viewpoints and approaches.